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Combatting illegal foreign workforce in Lebanon

10-6-2019

On June 3, the labor ministry kicked off its first integrated action plan to fight illegal foreign labor in Lebanon. The plan covers a series of measures, including giving violating parties an ultimatum to settle their status as of June 10; activating the ministry’s inspection apparatus and imposing fines on non-compliant employers with a maximum of LBP 2,500,000. The labor minister, Kamil Abu Sleiman, said the plan aims at protecting local workers. Noting that illicit foreign workforce on Lebanese territory has negatively impacted the social and economic stability leaving the Lebanese youth to choose between joblessness or immigration. Lebanon, Abu Sleiman maintained, is facing a serious crisis in relation to illicit Syrian workforce which has reportedly increased with the influx of Syrian refugees and the resulting chaotic situation. (More on the ministry’s plan on the following link: (:https://bit.ly/2WfK128). Meanwhile, an Ethiopian migrant domestic worker in the West Baalbek town of Hosh Tal Safieh, threw her employer’s child from the second floor killing her and then threw herself but was transferred to hospital for treatment. Security forces arrived at the scene and started investigation into the crime. (Al Mustaqbal, An Nahar, June 2, 4, 2019)

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